Live Event Bridge the Gap

September 2019 Bridge the Gap Skills & Ethics: What Lawyers Need to Know

Event Date: September 22, 2019

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Course Information

Time 09/22/2019 09:00AM EDT
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

There's no time like the present to learn about what new information is crucial for lawyers. Join us for this interesting program, filled with hot topics in skills and ethics.


This program counts towards NY Bridge the Gap Credit. This one-day program will count as 6 Skills Credits and 3 Ethics Credits for New York Bridge the Gap. 

  • NY Newly Admitted Attorneys: This program will fulfill all 6 live Skills Credits required, as well as 3 Ethics.
  • Seasoned Attorneys: Earn 6 General CLE credits and 3 Ethics. Also, although all of our weekends are entitled Bridge the Gap, lectures cover topics of law designed to increase the scope of efficacy of attorneys with all levels of experience.

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Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit

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09:00AM - 10:15AM
Skills I
with Lawline Faculty

Details coming soon! 

10:20AM - 11:35AM
Developing Your Theory and Themes of the Case in Criminal & Civil Trials
with Joseph Bondy

In every matter, civil and criminal, the attorney must develop a strong theory and supporting themes, which simply and persuasively explain why they should win. Developing the best theory and themes of the case allows a practitioner to utilize the dominant emotion and relevant law to their advantage throughout every stage of the litigation. Learning how to brainstorm, identify, and properly deploy the themes in furtherance of the theory, is of critical importance to maximizing one’s chances of prevailing at trial.

In this program, criminal trial attorney Joseph A. Bondy reviews the definitions of the theory and themes of the case, their importance to success, how to develop strong theories and themes, and techniques for their implementation during the course of a case.

11:40AM - 12:55PM
Writing Skills for Federal Litigation
with Joseph Bondy

An attorney’s ability to write clearly, persuasively, and effectively cannot be understated, particularly so in federal court. Knowing the rules, general structure, and flow of a federal criminal case is an important starting point to being able to make timely written arguments which are properly sequenced for maximum effect. Identifying the relevant issues, and researching and arguing the law as supported by the evidence, are skills that are learned and honed through practice.

In this course, criminal trial attorney Joseph A. Bondy discusses best practices for writing in a federal criminal case, from pre-trial motions, to letter-motions, in limine applications, requests to charge, post-verdict motions, and sentencing memoranda.

12:55PM - 01:30PM

01:30PM - 02:45PM
Skills IV
with Lawline Faculty

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02:50PM - 04:05PM
Ethics I
with Lawline Faculty

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04:10PM - 05:25PM
Ethically Improve Your Networking Skills
with Stephanie Rodin and Janet Falk

Networking is one of the most important ways to grow your practice throughout your career, but many attorneys struggle to make the most of networking events. In addition, the types of often brief conversations that characterize networking interactions can lend themselves to ethical quandaries. In this program, Public Relations professional Janet Falk and attorney Christopher Seleski will address the best practices of successful networking and guide you to stay within the bounds of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Attorneys will learn why they should attend events hosted by business and professional organizations whose members are in their target markets, and how to make the most of their attendance. Viewers will learn to put themselves in the role of “curator of resources” and become a business matchmaker, introducing new contacts to those in the attorney’s own network. The program will also provide a step-by-step guide to introducing yourself to the leaders of a host organization, whose members are likely referral sources and prospective clients, as well as tips on creating a memorable elevator pitch. Finally, viewers will prepare to ask problem and solution questions that will prompt new contacts to describe their business successes and ideal clients. All of this will be framed within the context of the model rules of professional responsibility, so attorneys can walk away confident that they can ethically put networking to work.


Stephanie Rodin

Rodin Legal, P.C.

Starting from a young age, Ms. Rodin has been exposed to the healthcare industry, as her immediate family members are either physicians or dentists within various specialties. As a result, medical and legal issues that routinely arose during the practice of medicine and dentistry surrounded her. This provided Ms. Rodin with the expertise that serves as the foundation of her legal practice. Her firm caters to these legal complexities and is dedicated to the growth of professional practices.

Rodin Legal, P.C. concentrates on assisting individual and multi-member healthcare practices to ensure their legal protection and profitability from formation until retirement. From setting up the right legal entity to employment contracts and asset-purchase agreements, Rodin Legal, P.C. is the legal resource to inform practices on how to best protect themselves during their expansion and growth, reduce or avoid audits and run a practice with limited risk.

Joseph Bondy

Law Office of Joseph A. Bondy

Joseph A. Bondy is a criminal defense attorney in private practice in Manhattan. A native New Yorker, Mr. Bondy is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, Columbia University, and Brooklyn Law School. He is admitted to practice law in New York State, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York, the District of Colorado, and the District of Connecticut, the United States Courts of Appeal for the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Bondy has represented literally hundreds of individuals at all stages of criminal litigation. His dedicated courtroom advocacy and written work have won numerous clients dismissals, acquittals, reduced sentences, and appellate reversals.  

Mr. Bondy is a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and a life member of the legal committee for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). The American Trial Lawyers College rates Mr. Bondy as one of the top 100 criminal trial attorneys in the United States. Mr. Bondy lectures on a variety of federal criminal law topics at various community, bar association and legal programs throughout the country. Mr. Bondy currently serves on the faculty of Cardozo Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP). 

Mr. Bondy has been honored to serve as private counsel of choice to over one thousand criminally accused individuals, from all walks of life.

Janet Falk

Falk Communications & Research

Janet Falk is a communications professional with more than 25 years experience in-house and at public relations agencies. Prior to launching Falk Communications and Research in 2009, she served as Media Relations Counsel for more than 350 attorneys in the Corporate & Securities, Private Equity, Financial Industry, Bankruptcy, Securities Litigation and New York Commercial Litigation practice groups at Reed Smith LLP. Janet arranged for these attorneys to speak on timely legal and business issues with reporters at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Law Journal, CNBC and Time magazine, among other top-tier legal, business and trade media. These interviews led to quotes in front-page articles and other news stories, which generated new clients for the law firm, resulting in more than a million dollars in new business.

Earlier in her career, Janet worked in Public Relations and Marketing Communications for Wall Street firms, including Deutsche Bank, Smith Barney and Bear Stearns, in various market sectors (private equity, investment banking, equity research, fixed income and securities clearing). In addition to managing press relations, she composed articles, conference presentations and speeches for senior executives, as well as digital content. Janet has a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature and speaks Spanish and French.